These two got married back in July and it couldn't have been a more perfect day + they couldn't be a more perfect couple. I'm so thankful for these two + this wedding! Check it out-they made the cover of Rocky Mountain Bride- Montana!
Cake- Toni Murnion
Cupcakes- Shirley Dyer
Decor- Party time plus
Band- River North
bridal store- Belle en Blanc
Dress designer- Lillian West
Shoes- Gianni Bini (Dillard's)
Suits (shirts, vests, ties) - Men's Warhorse
jeans- Shipton's Big R
Brides ring- Goldsmith Gallery Jewelers
Grooms ring- Dyllon Robertus with Montana Ironworks
Wedding ceremony- St John the Baptist Catholic Church, Jordan, MT
Reception Venue- Garfield County Fairgrounds. Jordan, MT
Flowers- County Roads Floral and Gifts- Jordan, MT
Bar- Hell Creek Bar- Jordan, MT
Hair- Charli Clark
Makeup- Sarah Smith with Salon Avalon
Food: meat- Ryan's Processing Plant
Side dishes prepared by Brides Mom (Betty Murnion), Family, and Friends
Invitations - Vistaprint
Bridesmaids dresses- Gianni Bini( Dillard's)
Wedding programs- Allegra
Adventures with these two never get old-we are so grateful for the fact that we got to photograph Kyle's proposal to Bailey, their engagement photos, and next year we get to photograph their wedding. These two have become great friends of ours and we couldn't be more excited for them and the journey they are embarking on.
We loved this couple and this Chico wedding! Scroll to the bottom to see all the incredible vendors from this wedding!
Ceremony: Field of Dreams, Chico Hot Springs Resort
Reception & Catering: Chico Hot Springs Resort
Cake: A really incredible friend, Nicol Jenkins
Rings: Brightsmith (etsy)
Flowers: Sams Club created by bride + friends and family
Invites: Designed by Bride/artwork printed by Cards and Pockets
A couple months ago, Sam and I had the pleasure of shooting a wedding in Santa Fe Springs, California. Josh and Brenna were such a sweet couple and it was such an honor to photograph their day!
Theirs was the perfect wedding to throw us into wedding season. When friends fly in from all over the world to attend a wedding, you know the couple possesses something special. I know I am not the first to believe that these two are absolute gold-inside out. Their day was filled with smile, laughter, and tears-tears of joy and of grief. Joy because it was one of the best days, and grief because AJ was supposed to be standing next to his younger brother on the day he married the love of his life. 4 years ago AJ Blain passed away doing something he loved-flying helicopters. If I know anything about AJ, it was that he loved his family and he loved his friends and I know he would have had the biggest grin on his face knowing who his brother married. The space that Bridger and Kim made for AJ at their wedding was beautiful along with honoring what is to come. Life doesn't hand us glitter and rainbows and some days it is so dark and we have no idea how we will make it out. And then we get sweet glimmers of hope and God gives us people to walk through the mess with-that's a beautiful thing.
This wedding was filled with neutral colors, tons of greenery, and aircraft-lots of aircraft. These two come from absolutely beautiful families and it was such an honor to capture their day as they walk into this new phase of life. My words don’t do this wedding justice and I don’t think I can fully describe my love for this couple. They are going to do incredible things.
When I think about this summer and all of the incredibly fun, genuine, thoughtful couples I get to photograph I get so excited. I met Austin and Jolene in Chico on a chilly Sunday morning for their engagement photos and they were so sweet and easy to photograph and be around. Their love is evident and I cannot wait for their summer wedding in the mountains!
I’m not a mom, one day I will be. One day I will feel all of the amazing things my friends and family have felt holding their own in their arms. And one day, I will also feel the guilt and shame that some of my friends feel being a mom. And one day, I pray to look back at these words and deny the lies that have been spoken over every mom that ever walked.
This week has been a week of trial for a lot of my mamma friends. Being a mom is the most important job but also the most overlooked job of them all (in my opinion). Rather than cheering our friends on for being working mothers, they are told they are missing out on so much-even though their kids are learning social skills at daycare or having precious time with a family or loved one. I’ve seen countless blog posts about breastfeeding and how one is better than the other instead of allowing the mother to choose what is best for her body.
Why do we think our way is constantly the right way? Why can’t we cheer each other on for being wildly different and that our kids are something to behold, something to invest in instead of bashing each other over the internet and teaching our kids to do the same? The mothers I know are all badasses, they are all different, they parent different, and they are doing a damn good job-every last one of them. Some of them even chose not to breastfeed. Some of them work from home, some send their kids to daycare, and some of them are stay at home moms. All wildly different, wildly brave, and the fiercest women I know. They love their kids with the fiercest love that I can barely describe.
So, if you’re a mom and you’re down on yourself or you’ve been there, I don’t know how you feel. I don’t know how you feel because I am not a mom yet. But I want you to know I admire you. I have faith in you. You’re doing the best you can and you’ve got this. I can’t wait to be in your midst.